Bharti Airtel started its series of Android TV boxes with the launch of Airtel Internet TV a few years back. But, the market and the technology has gone through many changes and the demand of the consumers has also shifted. These days, the TV viewers not only want to access the internet on their TV screens but they want access to Live TV channels over the internet, the OTT applications and much more. Good for Airtel subscribers, as now the telecom operator has a new product in the market called the Airtel Xstream Box which will allow the users to do all of this on their TV screen. So, if you are planning on getting an Airtel Xstream Box, you should definitely know about the highlighting features of this box which set it apart from the others.
Hybrid Set-Top Box
Unlike most of the set-top boxes available in the market right now, the Airtel Xstream Box is different because it is a hybrid set-top box. If you are coming across this term for the first time, then you should know that as opposed to a standard set-top box which only provides satellite TV channels, a hybrid set-top box combines OTT applications and the satellite TV channels both. This way, the viewers will be able to access both of these things with ease without flipping between remotes and without taking much hassle.
The Airtel Xstream Box comes with the latest Android 9.0 Pie based Android TV operating system. It also supports other applications like Xstream App, Netflix, Prime video, Zee5, ALTBalaji, YouTube, YouTube Kids, Play store, Google Play movies, among others. Further, the users will also get access to Google Play Store, using which the viewers will be able to download more applications on their set-top box.
Bluetooth+ and Chromecast
These are two very important features which will enhance the connectivity of the box with the other devices that you might be using in your home. Using Chromecast, you will be able to mirror your screen from your smartphone and stream content if needed. The Bluetooth+ connectivity option will also come in handy while connecting audio appliances.
Voice Support, Gamepad and IoT Device Compatibility
The Airtel Xstream Box also comes with support for Google Home and other IoT device support. Not only this, but it will allow the users to access Airtel Games supported by Smart remote gamepad application. There will also be Amazon Alexa support for the Xstream smart box as you’ll be able to use your Alexa device for channel tuning, volume control and launching Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube application. The Airtel Xstream Box will support Google Voice search too.
The Airtel Xstream Box retails for Rs 3,999 and for the existing Airtel Digital TV subscribers, the upgrade to Airtel Xstream Box is going to cost only Rs 2,249. With this, the subscribers are also going to get a complimentary one-year subscription (worth Rs 999) to all Airtel Xstream app content in addition to one-month subscription to an HD DTH pack.